Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development

Accurate information about child development and appropriate expectations for children’s behavior at every age help parents see their children and youth in a positive light and promote their healthy development. Information can come from many sources, including family members as well as parent education classes and public libraries.

There are also some great websites including Parent FurtherOne Tough Job, Text4Baby, CDC Parent Information, CDC Learn the Signs: Act Early, and AAPs Healthy Children.

Studies show information is most effective when it comes at the precise time parents need it to understand their own children. Parents who experienced harsh discipline or other negative childhood experiences may need extra help to change the parenting patterns they learned as children.